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The Stanford in Kyoto center is situated inside Doshisha University, on the northern edge of the old Imperial Palace gardens in the heart of the city.

Students can take Autumn and/or Spring Quarter academic programs, as well as an optional 10-week summer internship (for Spring Quarter participants only) at leading companies and institutions all over Japan. The curriculum typically combines intensive Japanese language study with Japan-focused content courses on contemporary culture, arts and society.With its history as Japan’s former Imperial capital for over a millennium, Kyoto is rightly famed for its ancient shrines and temples (which outnumber its convenience stores), its traditional ryokan inns and its centuries-old craftsmanship. Even today the city retains its status as the cultural capital of the nation. Despite its old-world feel Kyoto is an energetic city looking firmly to the future, with an impressive list of high tech companies making their home here.

Notice for the Spring Quarter 2022-23 Kyoto Applicants/Students

Our spring program offers courses aimed at giving students insights into various aspects of modern life in Japan, including: creative expression in marginalized communities; the Japanese satoyama (countryside); contemporary Japanese religion; current affairs shaping Japanese society; and the gardens of Kyoto. Japanese language classes are also offered at various levels.

Please note that:

  • Housing: All students in Spring 2022-23 will live in private housing. For more details, please click HERE.
  • OSPKYOTO 40M: An Intro to Making: What is EE will not be offered in the Spring 2022-23.
  • For an overview of elective courses offered Spring Quarter, please click HERE
  • Application for the 2023 summer internship program is closed.

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Kyoto

Daniel Chiu and friends in Kyoto

Daniel Chiu

Mechanical Engineering

"I actually did not come to Stanford planning to study abroad. It was not until my sophomore year when I took a spring break trip to Japan when I realized that there was so much more to the country that I wanted to experience beyond what I could see as just a tourist. I wanted to look past the image of Japan that we receive through its popular culture and understand what it is like to live in their society. So, when I found an opportunity in my schedule to go abroad to Kyoto, I took it!"

Parfait Party by Will Gutzman Kyoto, Spring 2018-19.

William Gutzman

"CASK (Cultural Association of Stanford Kyoto) is the Doshisha University student group dedicated to hanging out with Stanford students and showing them around Kyoto...The CASK students were incredibly friendly and helpful, and integral to my study abroad experience. They were always willing to give us advice-—good restaurants, fun activities in Kyoto, and help with the language."

Yukata Do What Yukata Do by Meagan Shinbashi. BOSP Kyoto, Spring 2015-16